WDNY Local News, Friday, February 8, 2019

Written by on February 8, 2019

Friday, February 8, 2019

Livingston County Sheriff Thomas Dougherty says the state should stay out of the marijuana business. He joined with several law enforcement leaders from across the region on Wednesday to oppose legalizing cannabis as proposed by Governor Cuomo. The sheriff says legal cannabis would only bring problems like more crashes involving impaired drivers, a higher crime rate and wouldn’t bring much in return. The New York State Sheriffs’ Association and the New York State Association of Police Chiefs estimate sales taxes from legalization would only be about 83 million dollars in its first year which is a tiny fraction of what the state takes in now. The local event was one of several that law enforcement groups held across the state to show their opposition to the idea

Livingston county says it is missing out on sales tax revenue from third-party sales made online through sites like Amazon—and County administrator Ian Coyle is calling on state lawmakers to address the issue to make sure those taxes are collected. He says the Governor has made a good first step by proposing better enforcement of tax laws when it comes to those online purchases. Researchers say the state could collect around 275 million dollars a year more if it came down harder on those who avoid the sales tax.

The Livingston County Environmental Management Council wants to recognize those who help improve or educate others about the environment. The EMC is calling for nominations for its 21st annual Earth Day award which will be handed out in April. Those nominees don’t have to be from Livingston County, but their actions benefiting the environment must have occurred in the county. The public and private sectors can submit a nomination. Forms will be available at town and village offices, or on the Planning Department website, which we have posted on our local news page. [www.livingstoncounty.us/emc] The information has to be in by 4:00 PM on March 6th. The 49th annual Earth Day is April 22nd.

Inmates who work while they’re in jail could get more money for what they do if a bill in the assembly becomes law. The proposal would raise the minimum inmate wage to $3.00 an hour, up from the pennies on the dollar most get now. Those who support the idea say it’s about treating inmates with dignity, but not everyone thinks paying prisoners more is a good idea. Monroe County executive Cheryl Dinolfi says it makes no sense for inmates to get a raise while the state faces a budget shortfall and is cutting funding for some local services that benefit law-abiding citizens.

The head of the New York DEC has changed his mind and says he’ll stay on the Job. Commissioner Basil Segos said last year he planned to step down, but now says he intends to continue to lead the department. He has had the job since 2015. The DEC is a big part of state government, with 3,000 full-time employees and a budget of more than a billion dollars a year.

The Dansville Artworks is holding a workshop called Everyday Poetry tomorrow from 12:30 to 1:45. It’s the first of 4 workshops on the topic—the next three are scheduled for March 2, 9 and 16. The Artworks has several other events planned this month and next at its location on Main Street. There’s information about all of them at the website—dansville artworks.org.

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